Liverpool vs Leicester: Will the leaders assault the weakened champions?


Liverpool host Leicester stay on Sky Sports activities this Sunday with only one level dividing the edges – however how do the groups form up and what tactical battles may emerge?

Tottenham, Chelsea and Aston Villa are all gunning to succeed in the summit on Saturday however Leicester will assure prime spot for one more spherical of fixtures in the event that they pull off a win at Anfield.

Certainly, Liverpool may reign supreme if outcomes go their means – however Jurgen Klopp’s aspect might be solely too conscious of how their upcoming opponents turned over arch-rivals Manchester Metropolis two months in the past.

Brendan Rodgers’ aspect rocked Metropolis with a 5-2 win on the Etihad in September, when Pep Guardiola began understudy centre-back Eric Garcia to cowl Aymeric Laporte, who was benched after recovering from coronavirus, and associate Nathan Ake – two days earlier than the membership signed Ruben Dias.


Can Leicester reap related success in opposition to the injury-ravaged champions this weekend? We sort out the most important speaking factors and try the golf equipment’ strengths, weaknesses and types…

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What in regards to the harm lists?

Liverpool’s harm woes had been dealt one other blow in the course of the worldwide break after Joe Gomez suffered a severe knee harm, Jordan Henderson was compelled off with a leg harm and Mohamed Salah examined constructive for coronavirus.

Reserve centre-back Rhys Williams regarded set to problem Nat Phillips for a begin in opposition to Leicester if Fabinho is dominated out – however he too withdrew from the England U21 squad as a precaution on Tuesday with a hip drawback.

These casualties add to a raft of team-mates already within the remedy room, together with Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whereas Fabinho is near a return.

Andy Robertson additionally missed Scotland’s 1-0 win in opposition to Slovakia with a strained thigh however returned to motion with none points within the defeat to Israel on Wednesday night.

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Leicester have had their fair proportion of crocked stars however a bunch of these are again in competition to start out this weekend, together with Wilfred Ndidi, Ricardo Pereira, Timothy Castagne, and Wesley Forfana.

However centre-back lynchpin Caglar Soyuncu will not be anticipated to return till December and defensive midfielder Daniel Amartey stays sidelined with a hamstring harm.

Leicester bucking inventive dip

The Foxes topped the league desk heading into matchday 9 regardless of making a mere 45 probabilities – solely Burnley have carved fewer. And, as of Friday, solely 5 golf equipment have recorded fewer than their 55 unblocked makes an attempt at objective.

Final season, solely Manchester Metropolis, Chelsea and Liverpool created extra probabilities than Leicester – so there’s clearly a inventive drought this time period.

However what’s behind the dip?

Primarily, James Maddison’s recreation time has been restricted to only 270 minutes out of a potential 720 as he returns to full health, having carved a team-topping 79 alternatives final time period.

By way of the full-backs, James Justin is creating fewer probabilities per 90 than Chelsea-bound Ben Chilwell achieved final time period – though summer season signing Castagne is on par with Ricardo’s spectacular inventive returns.

So how have Rodgers’ males climbed to the Premier League summit? Some wild outcomes throughout the division have helped the trigger – however the numbers additionally reveal their strengths: accuracy and economic system in entrance of objective. The Foxes are scientific.

In complete, 38 of their 55 unblocked pictures have been on track – producing a league-high accuracy price of 69 per cent going into this spherical. They usually have scored 18 of these 55 makes an attempt – one other league-topping price, at 33 per cent.

Eight spot-kicks actually enhance these figures, however the statistics nonetheless emphasise their ending effectivity.

Can Vardy exploit the area?

Can Leicester’s customary breakaway assaults exploit Liverpool’s excessive line on Sunday? Current historical past suggests Klopp’s aspect cope – it has been three years because the Foxes final beat Liverpool.

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Forward of their conflict stay on Sky Sports activities we have a look again at Leicester’s 2-0 win over Liverpool in 2016, together with a shocking strike from Jamie Vardy
Aston Villa broke by way of Liverpool’s excessive line a number of occasions throughout their 7-2 win

Manchester Metropolis have the very best line of defense at 46m from their very own objective, based on the beginning distance of open-play passing sequences. Liverpool are only a fraction behind that at 45.7m. So there ought to be loads of area for Jamie Vardy.

Liverpool might be lacking at the least three of their first-choice again 4 – so the excessive line could possibly be susceptible.

How have Leicester gained eight penalties?!

Leicester have been awarded a league-topping eight penalties in eight video games, of which three had been transformed in the course of the win at Metropolis. Vardy has taken six of these spot-kicks and transformed 5 – lacking one in opposition to Wolves.

Vardy has scored solely three of his eight league targets from open play this season.

Certainly, Vardy’s actions throughout defenders within the field gained two penalties at Metropolis and one in opposition to West Brom, so Liverpool’s problem is to succeed in by way of balls first – with out committing pricey collisions or rash challenges if wrong-sided.

Fabinho conceded a penalty in opposition to Sheffield United in October

Kyle Walker finds himself on the incorrect aspect of Jamie Vardy and hauls him all the way down to concede a penalty
Harvey Barnes as soon as once more threads the ball into the field for Jamie Vardy, who beats Eric Garcia to the ball and attracts a foul

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FREE TO WATCH: Highlights from Leicester Metropolis’s win over Manchester Metropolis within the Premier League

Extremely, the Foxes’ penalty depend has been achieved with solely 164 touches within the opposition field – practically half the full clocked by their upcoming hosts.

Premier League, 2020/21

Stat Liverpool Leicester
Touches in opp. field 300 164
Penalties gained 4 8
Penalties scored 4 7
xG 17.17 13.62
Non-penalty xG 14.01 7.32

The place are the groups most harmful?

Leicester might want to observe Sadio Mane’s runs into central areas, probably from the correct flank within the absence of Salah, whereas in-form Diogo Jota is more likely to pose a menace with related infield railroads from his favoured left channel.


Premier League, 2020/21

Stat Liverpool Leicester
Objectives 18 18
Pictures 133 75
Pictures on track 49 38
Large probabilities created 17 8
Possibilities created 89 45

Liverpool’s makeshift defence might be ready for a race again to objective if Vardy breaches the excessive line from a protracted or by way of ball – sometimes firing his open-play targets from in and across the six-yard field.

Castagne has offered a lot of Leicester’s present creativity however that could possibly be boosted with Maddison near full health – having additionally scored a stunner from vary after approaching in its place in opposition to Metropolis.


Which formations might be used?

Liverpool have change into synonymous with the 4-3-3 system in current seasons however Klopp has been mixing issues up of late, lining up in a disputed 4-2-4 in opposition to Metropolis final day trip, which was additionally interpreted as a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1.

The formation permits Mo Salah, Sadio Mane, Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino to start out – with the 4 highlighted in inexperienced on this graphic (Shaqiri proven in second half)

Rodgers has gained three video games in a row after switching to a extra reserved 3-4-2-1 diamond formation, maybe a transfer to assist mitigate the spate of accidents – an strategy which seems to be more likely to be deployed this weekend.


What about urgent & passing?

Leicester defeated Metropolis with solely 28 per cent possession – solely 4 groups have recorded much less in a recreation this season – and that share could possibly be repeated on Sunday: Klopp’s aspect common at 61 per cent, behind solely Metropolis (62 per cent).

The Reds are renown for his or her excessive press however Leicester excel amongst top-half golf equipment for breaking down opponents of their defensive third.

Premier League, 2020/21

Stat Liverpool Leicester
Tackles 99 132
Blocked pictures 12 20
Interceptions 57 96
Headed clearances 36 78
Duels gained 368 392
Passes accomplished 4378 3114
Last-third passes accomplished 1094 682

Nevertheless, Liverpool’s wingers prepared the ground for turnovers within the attacking third and can take a look at the Foxes’ solidity with relentless urgent and counter-pressing.

Declan Rice couldn't block Youri Tielemans' opener
Youri Tielemans has been among the many targets for Belgium in the course of the current worldwide fixtures

Each groups press in the course of the pitch, with Leicester midfielders Youri Tielemans and Nampalys Mendy reclaiming possession most among the many sides. In opposition to Metropolis, Mendy evaded the press within the build-up to Vardy’s first penalty.

Liverpool reclaim extra possession greater up the pitch than Leicester and nearly match the Foxes in defensive areas, whereas their major passing exercise is in deeper central areas and down each flanks within the opposition half
Leicester clearly play deeper than Liverpool, passing and reclaiming possession often throughout the width of the pitch inside their very own half

Who will line up for Liverpool?

Sky Sports activities’ Vinny O’Connor

With Salah out, you may anticipate a return to the 4-3-3 however it will depend on the harm state of affairs across the membership.

Liverpool might be seeking to preserve Jamie Vardy quiet, they have not saved a clear sheet within the Premier League because the second week of the season, and we have seen what nice type Vardy is in.

If Fabinho is match and is available in, that is a lift for Liverpool, however attack-wise how will they cope with out Salah?

Wanting again on the Aston Villa recreation, and there was a sense that lacking Sadio Mane affected Liverpool fairly a bit, and now what position will Diogo Jota play if he replaces him, and may they preserve these sort of ranges?

We have requested the query of Klopp of whether or not he is now bought a entrance 4, and perhaps this can give us some indication of whether or not that is the case.

Liverpool’s accidents assessed


Knowledge compiled by Premier Accidents reveals Jurgen Klopp’s aspect have certainly picked up a league-topping 17 vital lay-offs this season – another than Manchester Metropolis.

Seven of Liverpool’s final 10 accidents have affected defenders or goalkeeper Alisson – whereas Gomez and Joel Matip additionally missed 42 days mixed earlier within the season from earlier strains.

The spate of misfortune has resulted in six totally different beginning centre-back partnerships in simply eight league video games and the desk under suggests Klopp might be hoping Fabinho is match to associate Matip when the Reds face Leicester on Sunday stay on Sky Sports activities – with Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams, if match, in reserve.

Liverpool vs Leicester stay on Sky Sports activities

Liverpool vs Leicester

Liverpool vs Leicester might be proven stay on Sky Sports activities on Sunday when the Premier League champions tackle the present league leaders in a mouth-watering top-of-the-table conflict.

The match has been confirmed as being broadcast stay on Sky Sports activities following the Premier League’s resolution to discontinue their pay-per-view mannequin which was launched in October.

In a press release, the league confirmed ‘all fixtures from Saturday 21 November, and all through the Christmas and New 12 months interval, might be made obtainable to followers to look at stay within the UK.’

‘There’s a full schedule of Premier League video games over the festive interval and golf equipment are dedicated to an accessible resolution for followers. These plans have been made with the cooperation of our broadcast companions, working with us to ship these extra matches whereas stadiums are lacking the supporters who’re such an integral a part of the sport.’

Liverpool vs Leicester – which has been rescheduled for a 7.15pm kick-off on Sunday evening – is certainly one of three additional matches to be proven on Sky Sports activities this weekend.

Burnley vs Crystal Palace and Wolves vs Southampton can even be broadcast stay on Monday November 23.

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